Volume 11 , Number 1November 30, 2018

This issue recognizes late spring, summer, and honors received through Oct. 31.

GCPS earns top rankings on Forbes Best Employers
and Best Employers for Women lists

Gwinnett County Public Schools is one of a handful of K-12 school districts to make the Forbes Best Employer list. With more than 23,000 employees, GCPS is the largest employer in Gwinnett County and is one of the largest employers in Georgia. For the first time, GCPS made the Forbes list with a ranking of 178 out of the 500 large employers listed. In the employers listed in the top 200, only six are K-12 public school districts.

CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks is proud that the district has been recognized in this manner. “As an organization, we strive to be an employer of choice,” he explains. “A long-standing goal for our district is to recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that moves us toward becoming a system of world-class schools. We never lose sight of the fact that it is the people of GCPS— our teachers and those who support those who teach— that set us apart. And we are pleased that, as evidenced by our school district’s ranking on the Forbes ‘Best Employers’ list, our people recognize GCPS as a great employer and would recommend us to others.”

In addition, the district was honored in July on the Forbes list of Best Employers for Women 2018. GCPS ranked 10th, one of only four school districts to make the list of 300 employers. “This latest recognition as a 2018 Best Employer for Women is notable as women make up the majority of our workforce,” says Dr. Linda Anderson, associate superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Management. “To know that those who responded ranked GCPS so highly when it comes to working conditions, diversity, equity, and the other criteria is wonderful... it is what we focus on day in and day out.”
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Simpson ES earns national recognition from
U.S. DOE as 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

Simpson ES was one of the 349 schools honored as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018 based on its overall academic excellence. In all, Georgia had 12 schools honored this year. Serving 977 students, the school was recognized as an “Exemplary High Performing School.” According to the U.S. Department of Education, this places Simpson among Georgia’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

Over the years, Simpson has earned numerous state and national honors, including being named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. Principal Bron Gayna Schmit says of this most recent honor, “We are thrilled to be named a 2018 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence! What a wonderful tribute to the outstanding staff, students, and parent community we have in Peachtree Corners. We are honored to be a part of a system of world-class schools in Gwinnett County!”
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GCPS’ Phillips honored with national advocacy award
by American Association of Adapted Sports Programs

Mike Phillips of Academic Support was recognized with the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs’ 2018 AAASP ASPIRE Advocacy Award. The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) represents a standardized approach to interscholastic sports programming for students with physical disabilities. It’s a not-for-profit association dedicated to developing adapted interscholastic sport programs in partnership with national, state, and local educational agencies. This cooperative approach represents the most successful model for affording students with physical disabilities access to competitive sport. Mr. Phillips serves as area coordinator for the school district’s Adapted Sports Program.
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Brookwood HS’ Settles-Livers earns national recognition
for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education

Carrie Settles-Livers of Brookwood HS has been named one of eight recipients of the prestigious 2018 Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. Ms. Settles-Livers was honored for her creation of “STEMpreneurship with Brookwood Aquaponics,” which combines the teaching of next-generation science standards alongside the free enterprise system.

In STEMpreneurship with Brookwood Aquaponics, students are tasked with creating a business idea that incorporates sustainable agriculture. Students design logos, web pages, and slogans, and learn how to create a startup and sell products— from planters and bug repellents to candles in reused jars and sustainably sourced soaps. Students craft business plans and “elevator pitches,” procure investment funds, make cold calls, consult market analysis on pricing, and sell online. As in real life, leadership and teamwork are vital to success. The project’s aquaponics lab system is capable of producing three tons of food in its deep water beds, and students give half of their produce away to a local food co-op. Profits from sales of the other half of their crop are donated to a charity of the students’ choice.

The Leavey Awards, administered by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation and Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, were created in 1977 to encourage and thank teachers whose expertise and creativity were leading to innovative ways of teaching students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system. In the more than four decades that the two foundations have partnered to find, select, and honor educators from around the country, more than 600 teachers— from middle school to college level— have received almost $4 million in prize money.
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GCPS earns national award for
best practices in purchasing for fourth year

Gwinnett County Public Schools has been awarded the prestigious 23rd annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) for 2018 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize Innovation, Professionalism, E-Procurement, Productivity, and Leadership in the procurement function.

The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually. For 2018, there were 200 successful applicants, including 45 counties, 71 cities, 27 higher education agencies, 24 school districts, 26 special districts, and seven state agencies.
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Meadowcreek HS’ Chef Byron earns national recognition
Kudos to Chef Simone Byron, culinary arts instructor at Meadowcreek HS, on being named a 2018 ProStart National Educator of Excellence Award winner and one of two recipients of the James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award.

Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the ProStart National Educator of Excellence Award recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as passion, commitment, and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program. ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides opportunities for real-life experiences and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. 

Earlier this year, Chef Byron was named the Georgia ProStart Teacher of the Year. She was recognized among state honorees at the 2018 Educator of Excellence Awards in Chicago in May, where she was named one of two national winners of the Maynard Award, named for the founder of Golden Corral. The company awarded a plaque and $5,000 to Chef Byron.
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GCPS TV earns prestigious EMMY award
for 2017-18 TOTY video

GCPS’ Teacher of the Year video, a shining tribute to Gwinnett’s talented and decorated educators, has earned an award of its own for GCPS TV. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter recognized GCPS TV with an EMMY Award for the GCPS Teacher of the Year compilation.

“These are some of the strongest stories we produce during the year to highlight the instruction occurring in our district,” says Kevin Tomlinson, director of Broadcast and Distance Learning. Staff members Lakyn Napoletan, Stuart Robinett, Bruce Lennox, and Jason Silling are credited for their production work on the videos.
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NSPRA recognizes GCPS communications
At the National School Public Relations Associations (NSPRA) conference earlier this year, GCPS’ Communication and Media Relations team was recognized with the following awards:
Award of Excellence
  • These Girls Have IT
    Honorable Mention
  • Central Gwinnett Detectives Search for Clues in Forensic Studies
    Honorable Mention
  • Paul Duke STEM High School Marketing Materials
    Honorable Mention
  • Counselor Celebration Booklet
  • GCPS Quality-Plus Leader Academy Booklet
    Awarded to the Broadcast and Distance Learning team
    Award of Merit
  • We Believe in You
  • Words and Actions - Alex’s Story
    Honorable Mention
  • I Believe

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    GCPS among finalists for
    Governance Team of the Year Award

    GCPS was named by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) as one of 10 school district finalists for the 2018 Governance Team of the Year Award. This prestigious award will be presented annually to one Georgia public school district’s board of education and superintendent who have achieved all-around success in their district. This recognition is deeply rooted in the components of the Georgia Vision Project’s research-based recommendations for Georgia’s public schools.
    The winner will be announced at the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference in December. A group of 33 Georgia school districts qualified to apply for the award and 10 chose to submit applications. The winner will be chosen by a panel of national experts who perform various leadership roles in the field of public education.
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    Six GCPS schools qualify to earn national award
    Six Gwinnett schools— Bethesda ES, Harris ES, Jenkins ES, Kanoheda ES, Shiloh ES, and Sycamore ES— are among a select group of 83 schools statewide eligible to apply for the National NSEA Distinguished School Award. Each year the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) recognizes two schools from each state receiving Title I federal funding for their outstanding achievements in education. 

    “This is great news for our Title I schools,” said Lynn Howard, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ executive director of Federal and Special Programs. “It is evident that these schools have high expectations for all students and are focused on academic achievement looking beyond barriers and challenges that come with serving high numbers of economically disadvantaged students.”  
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    Couch MS earns ‘Breakout’ title
     Couch MS has earned the Breakout Middle School designation from the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). The Breakout Schools Award is designed to identify, recognize, and showcase Georgia middle schools that are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement. The annual award recognizes outstanding middle schools based on collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. 

    Couch MS Principal Devon Williams  says it’s an honor to be one of only seven schools recognized by GASSP this year. He adds, “This award helps to validate the daily work we do to help our students reach their highest level of success. It makes us proud that we were recognized, and it gives us extra energy to continue to improve our practice.” 
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    Gwinnett CTE educators earn state recognition
    A number of Gwinnett educators were recognized at the state level for their achievements, including several by the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE).

    “The work that we accomplish to prepare our students for college and career paths would not be possible without these dedicated educators,” says Jody Reeves, executive director of Academies and Career and Technical Education. “We congratulate these GCPS educators who were honored as finalists for the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Teacher of the Year Award, and also won state honors for their individual professional organizations.” The honored educators include the following:

    Jackie Emmons of Archer HS is the 2018 Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

    Keri Beth Jones of Dacula MS is the recipient of the 2018 Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award from the Counseling and Career Development Association.

    Kimya Rainge of South Gwinnett HS is the Georgia Marketing Education Association's 2018 New Teacher of the Year.

    —Lt. Col. Rob Rooker of Discovery HS is the Georgia Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps' 2018 Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Teacher of the Year.

    Dr. Krystal Tomlin of Shiloh HS is the Healthcare Science Technology Educators Association's 2018 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year.

    In addition, congratulations are in order to the following Gwinnett educators:

    Jody Reeves, executive director of Academies and Career and Technical Education, was recently honored as DECA's Administrator of the Year.

    Dustin Davis, an instructional coach in the Academies and Career and Technical Education department, received two recent honors. Mr. Davis was named the 2018 Georgia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Administrator of the Year and the 2018 Georgia Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Administrator of the Year.

    Dr. Jeff Hall of Maxwell HS of Technology was named a finalist for Administrator of the Year.
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    SNP honored for farm-to-school initiative
    Karen Hallford, (center) with SNP Assistants Sufen Teng (left) and Millie Rivas (right).
    Georgia Organics, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainable foods and local farms in Georgia, has named GCPS as a Gold Level Golden Radish Award winner. The Golden Radish Award publicly recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm-to-school programs. 

    Karen Hallford, GCPS director of School Nutrition, says the award validates the school district’s commitment to providing fresh, locally produced food to students.

    She adds, “Our Farm-to-School Program is more than just local food procurement. We incorporate those local foods into our menus regularly, we host taste tests for our students, and support student gardening by preparing the harvest in our kitchens so that our students can see the entire process from seed to plate. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts.” 
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    30 GCPS schools earn place on
    SHAPE Honor Roll for fitness efforts

    Of the 171 Georgia schools awarded medals in the 2018 Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll, 30 Gwinnett schools made the list. The awards recognize elementary, middle, and high schools for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students, and community.
    Platinum Medal Winners
    Britt ES
    Brookwood ES
    Craig ES
    Freemans Mill ES
    Grayson ES
    Harbins ES
    Jenkins MS
    Lovin MS
    Mulberry MS
    Sugar Hill MS
    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
    Gold Medal Winners
    Northbrook MS
    Radloff MS
    Richards MS
    Silver Medal Winners
    Beaver Ridge ES
    Benefield ES
    Burnette ES
    Camp Creek ES
    Harmony ES
    Harris ES
    Kanoheda ES
    Mason ES
    McKendree ES
    Mountain Park ES
    Parsons ES
    Riverside ES
    Suwanee ES
    Twin Rivers MS
    Bronze Medal Winners
    Stripling ES
    Duluth MS

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    GAEL honors Dr. Sid Camp with Outstanding Educator Award
    Dr. Sid Camp, executive director of District Performance and Community Engagement, is the recipient of the 2018 Jim Puckett Outstanding Educators Award by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. Dr. Camp was recognized for outstanding service to its affiliate organization, Georgia Association for School Personnel Administrators.

    Each year, GAEL provides members the opportunity to nominate fellow members for the Outstanding Educator Award. The honor goes to individuals who personify the leadership qualities modeled by GAEL’s third executive director Dr. Jim Puckett.
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    Parkview’s Scott honored as Ga. Art Educator of the Year
    Alexandra Scott of Parkview HS was named the Georgia Art Education Association's (GAEA) 2018 Educator of the Year. Each year, the GAEA Art Educator of the Year award is given to a member who represents the highest standards of the organization in teaching and service. Ms. Scott previously won GAEA’s Secondary Educator of the Year, presented at numerous state and national conferences, and served as the Secondary Division Representative on GAEA’s board.

    Parkview Principal David Smith describes Ms. Scott as an outstanding teacher who is passionate about her subject, commending her on the many opportunities she provides for her students' work to be showcased. He says, "She certainly goes above and beyond for her students and is very deserving of this recognition."
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    GCPS staff members earn state kudos from Georgia School Counselor Association, Ross advances to nationals
    Gwinnett’s award-winning counseling staff members and educators earned state-level recognition from the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA). Laura Ross of Five Forks MS, named GSCA School Counselor of the Year, moves on for national consideration as the American School Counseling Association's School Counselor of the Year, representing Georgia. The honorees are as follows:
    GSCA Honorees
    GSCA School Counselor
    of the Year
    Laura Ross of Five Forks MS
    GSCA School Counselor
    of the Year Semi-Finalist
    Sherry Ferguson of Ferguson ES
    GSCA School Counselor
    of the Year Semi-Finalist
    Bobby Gueh of Lanier HS
    GSCA Writer of the Year
    Teshia Dula of Hull MS
    GSCA Administrator of the Year
    Christine Douthart of Five Forks MS
    GSCA Advocate of the Year
    Anthony Smith, Assistant Superintendent
    GSCA Lifetime Achievement Award
    Dr. Karen Griffith (2013 retiree from Berkeley Lake ES)

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    Three GCPS educators among 10 honorees
    in AJC Celebrating Teachers program

    For the second year in a row, Gwinnett County Public Schools educators were recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) for their positive impact on students’ lives and the local community as AJC Celebrating Teachers Award honorees.
     Pictured left to right: Dr. Kara Cowdrick, a 5th grade teacher at Chesney ESRobert Katz, a physics teacher at Norcross HS; and Cicely Lewis, a media specialist at Meadowcreek HS.
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    Rayford selected for BMOC
    James Rayford, director of Academic Support, has been named one of 30 non-profit leaders chosen to participate in the 2018 Boys & Men of Color (BMOC) Executive Director Collaboration Circle.

    Nearly every major indicator of economic, social, and physical well-being shows that Black and Hispanic boys and men in the U.S. do not have access to the structural supports and opportunities needed to thrive. This results in negative consequences not only for Black and Hispanic boys and men themselves, but also for society at large.

    Non-profits addressing achievement among boys and men of color often tackle this complex social issue with tight finances, small teams, and limited opportunities for staff to learn, grow, and regroup from the many demands that are common to the field.

    Sponsored by Foundation Center, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site, the BMOC Executive Director Collaboration Circle helps non-profit leaders identify collaboration partners and helps them to leverage their strengths and align existing resources to sustain their programming and increase collective impact for boys and men of color.
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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Berkmar HS— became the first high school in Georgia to start a chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).
  • Brookwood HS— the school’s peer leadership program earned national certification by the National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP). School Counselor Dr. Boone Benton serves as peer leadership sponsor.
  • The Parkview HS Marching Band— selected to participate in the 2020 London New Year’s Day Parade. Jason Atha serves as band director.
  • Simpson ES— recognized as a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence.
  • Ricardo Farfan of Berkmar HS— named a Local Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) Teacher of the Year. The award is designed to highlight the impact of recent graduates from physics teacher preparation programs in the classroom. Mr. Farfan is a Georgia State University graduate.
  • Dr. Jeff Mathews, principal of Peachtree Ridge HS and Sheila Harmony of Coleman MS, STEAM Coordinator— honored and recognized by the State of Georgia in October at the Georgia STEM/STEAM conference in Athens for their “visionary guidance and exceptional leadership in advancing STEM and STEAM Education in Georgia schools.”
  • Carden Rice and Greg Field, both of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— selected among 50 AP teachers around the world to be honored on College Board’s Instagram page.
  • Emma McGowan of Transportation—won medals at the World Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships in Málaga, Spain. She won the gold medal and set an American record in the 400m, took a silver in the 200m, and earned a 5th-place finish in the 100m.
  • A round of applause is in order!
    —This year’s Relay For Life included participation from 102 school system teams, with 21 school teams and three Central Office teams that each raised $10,000 or more. The total amount raised by Gwinnett County Public Schools for the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life campaign was $759,548, more than 57% of the total funds raised in the Gwinnett Relay effort ($1,322,325). The following local school teams and Central Office teams were recognized: Norcross HS- $65,736; North Gwinnett HS- $55,996; GCPS Transportation Department- $45,638; Riverside ES- $33,542; Peachtree Ridge HS- $22,638; GCPS Instructional Support Center- $20,100; Bay Creek MS- $20,020; Brookwood ES- $18,365; Brookwood HS- $17,505; McConnell MS- $17,119; Osborne MS- $16,803; North Gwinnett MS- $16,281; GCPS Information Management and Technology Division- $15,600; Duncan Creek ES- $13,798; Mountain View HS- $13,456; Puckett’s Mill ES- $13,100; Mill Creek HS- $12,540; Couch MS- $11,947; Taylor ES- $11,381; Jackson ES- $10,786; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology- $10,773; Duluth HS- $10,675; Grayson ES- $10,025; and Trickum MS- $10,008.
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  • Degrees and Certifications
  • Dr. Nick Boyers of Mason ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Sonya Brown of Jenkins ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Kara Cowdrick of Chesney ES— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University.
  • Dr. Peryenthia Gore of Shiloh HS— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Babak Mostaghimi, Executive Director of Innovation and Program Improvement— earned a doctoral degree in Education Leadership from Harvard University.
  • Dr. Emily Nelson of Harmony ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Kristi Ryczek of Walnut Grove ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Cynthia B. Tookes of Hopkins ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Mobolaji Adedokun of Alford ES— earned a master’s degree in Education (Global Training and Development) from Northcentral University.
  • Lan Schlecht of Academic Support— earned certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.
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  • Participants
  • Dr. Debbie Durrence, Chief Data Officer— elected as National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Board Member from a Local Eduation Agency (LEA).
  • Dr. Tinisha Parker, director of Advisement and Counseling elected to the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Shon Davis, Principal of Alford ES, Nadira Singh, Instructional Coach, and Dr. Terry Watlington, Assistant Superintendent— accepted in the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2019.
  • Dustin Davis of Brookwood HS named to the position of president for Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators (GACTE) for the 2018-19 calendar year.
  • Kristin Willliams-Luthi of Harbins ES selected to take part in the first cohort of the U.S. LEGO Education Master Educator program. Ms. Williams-Luthi is one of only 110 selected for the program which is designed for educators in early learning through secondary school who currently use LEGO hands-on learning solutions in their classroom.
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  • Presentations
  • Dr. Glenn Pethel, Assistant Superintendent, Leadership Development, Dr. Michelle Farmer, Director, Leadership Development, Dr. Chandra Walker, Director, Leadership Development, and Dr. Kendra Washington-Bass, Director, Leadership Development—presented “Improving Leader Preparation Through a University Principal Preparation Initiative” at the 2017 Learning Forward Conference.
  • Laura Herring, Randi Hill and Kristin Sokol of Gwinnett Online Campus served as featured speakers at the D2L Fusion 2018 conference in Houston, Texas, with their presentation “Converting Powerful Brightspace Data Sets to Actionable Reports for Administrators and Teachers.” Pictured left to right: Laura Herring, Kristin Sokol, John Baker (D2L President and CEO), and Randi Hill.
  • Dr. William Cossen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— presented a paper, “Soldiers and Sacraments: The Lived Catholic Civil War,” at The Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Conference in Pittsburgh on June 1. Dr. Cossen also delivered lectures last spring, including one titled “Religion and Race: The American Catholic Story,” and another on “Catholicism, Race, and the South.”
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  • Publications
  • Dr. Susan Bearse, former principal, current Leader Mentor, Dr. Toni Ferguson, Principal of Knight ES, Jeff Lee, Principal of Chattahoochee ES, Lamont Mays, Principal of Moore MS, and Dr. Glenn Pethel, Assistant Superintendent, Leadership Development)— featured in the December 2017 Wallace Foundation webinar, “Leading Change for School Turnaround: Stories from Gwinnett County Principals.” This webinar provided an overview of how these leaders used the tools in Wallace’s Leading Change Handbook to plan and lead change in their schools.
  • Dr. Chandra Walker, Director, Leadership Development— featured in The Wallace Foundation Town Hall, “Leading in a Time of Challenge: What’s an Educational Leader to Do?” at the 2017 UCEA Convention.
  • Alisa Swain of Creekland MS published The New Teacher’s Guide: A New(ish) Teacher’s Honest Advice for Better Classroom Managementin March 2018.
  • Dr. Stacy Byous of Discovery HS— piloted a project-based learning curriculum for Introduction to Digital Technology for Georgia Institute of Technology called, “CAPACiTY.” A video about the project was entered into the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase.
  • Taffeta Connery, Principal of Sugar Hill ES, Angie Wright, Principal of Craig ES, and Bron Gayna Schmit, Principal of Simpson ES— featured in the article, “Behind Principal Eyes,” in Principal,a May/June 2018 special supplement published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
  • Dr. William Cossen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— published articles in American Nineteenth Century History and The Washington Post, as well as book reviews in the Society for U.S. Intellectual History Blog, The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History, and The Journal of Southern History. Dr. Cossen also is a regular contributor to Made by History, a section of The Washington Post in which historians provide analysis to put current events in historical context.
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  • Grants, Donations, and Scholarships
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools received a donation of 23,000 school supply items, including book bags, composition subject notebooks, pencils, pens, highlighters, hand sanitizers, binders, calculators, and more. The drive was sponsored by 12Stone Church. The supplies were distributed to students at Baldwin ES, Berkmar HS, Berkmar MS, Central Gwinnett HS, GIVE Center East, GIVE Center West, International Transition Center, Meadowcreek ES, Meadowcreek HS, Radloff MS, Richards MS, Rockbridge ES, and Sweetwater MS.
  • Crews MS received a donation of $58,000 to buy 245 Chromebooks, allowing every classroom to have seven Chromebooks each. Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Wright (PTSA co-president), Dr. Stacey Schepens (principal), Dora Caufield (PTSA co-president), and Mary Kay Pozgay (treasurer).
  • Pinckneyville MS Teacher Lisa Aspinwall has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Allison Rinaldi Memorial Foundation. Ms. Aspinwall plans to use the grant funds to buy technology for her students.
  • Dr. William Cossen of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology— awarded an LSU Libraries Special Collections Research Grant to pursue archival research on Civil War history.
  • Congratulations to the following 2018 Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation Scholarship recipients:
    Idna Melendez of Bethesda ES— earned a PAGE Support Personnel Scholarship
    Karen Capes of Puckett’s Mill ES— earned a PAGE Professional Scholarship
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